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I just picked up my "Dave Campbell's 2003 Texas Football Annual" .... and the more I flipped through it the most a-Maized I got.
I have been whining about the lack of talent in the Midwest generally, and in Michigan in particular, the past few years.
Here in the "Texas Football Annual" were stats for the 2002/03 recruiting season that are almost unbelievable.

First off remember that Michigan's 2002 class included five kids from homestate Michigan: Lamarr Woodley and Jerome Jackson, Jake Long, Pat Sharrow and Jim Pressley.

By comparison:
In Texas's 2002 recruiting class, (ranked #8 by Tom Lemming), all 18 of their signees were home state Texas kids.
In Texas A&M's 2002 recruiting class, (ranked #7 by SuperPrep), all 23 of their signees were home state Texas kids.

Is that amazing or what?

And that's not all.
Oklahoma (ranked #4 by SuperPrep) signed 12 more Texans (vs 5 from Oklahoma).
Oklahoma State signed 12 more from Texas (vs 8 from Oklahoma ).
Colorado signed 8 Texans (vs 5 from Colorado).
Nebraska signed 6 Texans (vs 5 from Nebraska)

That's EIGHTY KIDS signed by these top Big 12 schools from the state of Texas.

Fully 51.5% of the Big 12 Conference's 2002 football signees hail from the Lone State State -- 122 kids.

And that's STILL not all!
Arizona also signed 8 Texans (vs 1 from Arizona).
TCU signed all19 members of its class from homestate Texas.
Houston signed 23 of 24 from instate.
SMU signed 20 of 23.
Heck, even Northwestern signed 3 Texas kids (vs 1 from Illinois).

That's 70+ more from Texas!

I was stunned, but as I flipped through some more I noticed that Texas was not the only state able to stock top recruiting classes.

Here are more related stats.

In the SEC - 87.4 % of its 2002 signees hail from SEC States.
In the Big 12 81.4% of its 2002 signees hail from Big Ten States.
The Big Ten 55.7% of its 2002 signees hail from Big Ten States -- dead last among all Div 1-A conferences.

The reason? "Where has all the talent gone?" As far as the upper Midwest goes, it's "Long time passing."

Here are the 2002/03 Div 1-A signee totals, by state:

The Big Three:
Texas: 345 kids signed.
Calif.: 285 kids signed (for ex. USC's top class ,#1 by SuperPrep, contains 23 Californians out of 25 total members. What to say of Cal's, where 19 of 19 are from the Golden State.)
Florida: 265 kids signed.

The Second Two:
Georgia: 123 kids signed (surprised? Well, Univ. of Georgia signed 20 of its 23 member 2002 class from home state Georgia, rated #9 by Tom Lemming)
Ohio: 119 kids signed.

Third Pair:
Louisiana: 89 kids signed.
Alabama: 76 kids signed (another surprise).

Michigan: 63 kids signed (the majority went into the MAC).
Pennsylvania: 60 kids signed (a bad year for Penn., 2003 should be better).
Illinois: 57 kids signed (perhaps the MOST disappointing state, given its population).

The upshot? Big Ten schools HAVE to recruit out of state, even out of area.

Here's the proof: here are the Colleges who signed players from the most states for their 2002 recruiting classes ... guess where they're from ?!
Notre Dame: led the nation with players signed from 15 states
Northwestern: second with players signed from 13 states
Iowa: tied for third with players signed from 12 states
Indiana: fourth with players signed from 11 states
Michigan: tied with several others for 5th with players signed from 10 states
Minn., Pur., Wis., ... even CMU: tied with several others with players signed from 9 states.

Bottom line -- what a handicap for U-M, and for the Big Ten in general! This is huge -- and not in a good way.

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